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“We have political theater and we have comic theater. But the astonishing thing about Dario Fo is that he manages to combine the two . . . deeply subversive.” The Guardian (London)
Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas
978-0-8021-3777-7 • $15.00 • Paperback • July 2001
Dario Fo is one of the world’s most important contemporary playwrights, forging subversive comedy, clowning, unusual linguistic experimentation, and brilliant playwriting into a comedy of complete originality. A first-person monologue that bends and mutates language and historical fact, Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas is a brilliant, vividly imagined retelling of Christopher Columbus’s voyage to America. Told by a last-minute conscript assigned to clean the shipboard pig stalls, who goes on to be adopted by a tribe of Indians and help them fight conquistadors, it posits a riotous alternate history in which the dynamics between native and white, male and female, history and comedy are never what they seem.